Sand In The Shower, Rust on The
Road (Happy Mistake)
Reviewed by Erick Mertz
Let us start with what Deke Falcon is. Deke Falcon is a group of your rowdy, creative friends who meld every night barroom chaos into extraordinary punk and country blues. They are a group who rolls a lot like vintage Sebadoh, and a little like the Byrds. Hailing from the cozy, damp alcove of Eugene, Oregon, they're also the undisputed kings of mid-Willamette Valley rock. That might not seem like a lot (in the scope of things, where the hell is Eugene, really). However, on the strength of Sand In The Shower, Rust On The Road, I'm carefully optimistic about proclaiming them strong enough to change that definition to undisputed kings of Northwest garage. Try and wear songs like "Picking Up Sticks In '96" and "On The Roof" in the same way you would Weezer's, and you won't be too terribly disappointed.
On the other hand, listening to Deke Falcon is not going to help you with your SATs, your LSATs or any other standardized tests you're planning on taking. College town, college educated and probably magnets to the college crowd, save them for a Friday night. These may be smart guys, granted, but their brand is all about the triumph of optimistic good times over caution.
© 2007 - Erick Mertz